Host of PBS Kids’ ‘Dinosaur Train’ Dr. Scott Sampson to be keynote speaker, sign copies of new book at Conner Prairie’s 2016 Annual Meeting Jan. 27


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016/Conner Prairie/IssueII) – Nationally renowned dinosaur paleontologist and PBS Kids series host Dr. Scott Sampson will be the keynote speaker on Jan. 27 at Conner Prairie’s 2016 Annual Meeting.  

    Dr. Scott Sampson is also a science communicator and advocate for connecting people with nature. He’s best known as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS Kids show “Dinosaur Train.”

    “The average American child currently spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation,” Sampson writes. “Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression and attention deficits. Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long-term benefits in children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development.”

    Sampson is the author of a new book titled “How to Raise a Wild Child,” aimed at helping adults connect children with nature. He currently serves as vice president of research and collections and chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where much of his work focuses on rethinking 21st Century cities as places where people and nature thrive.

    The Annual Meeting, a business meeting, begins at 6 p.m. inside the museum’s Welcome Center at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers. Those attending can meet Sampson and get their copy of “How to Raise a Wild Child” signed following the event.

    During the Annual Meeting, Conner Prairie executives will look back at 2015 and reveal annual statistics regarding visits, membership, special event attendance and more. It will also look ahead to this season and announce specifics regarding a new outdoor exhibit that will open in July and its three high-profile bicentennial projects.

    Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiencing. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.